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Cheney Rodeo organizers put out call for volunteers from community

Cheney Rodeo organizers put out call for volunteers from community

There are three reasons why the Cheney Rodeo has been bringing three days worth of fun and excitement for the past 48 years to the West Plains and Spokane region - volunteers, sponsors and the...

Fish Lake fire units demobilized

Quick response by local emergency personnel helped contain a fast-moving wildfire that broke out last Wednesday afternoon east of Fish Lake, threatening several homes in forested land southeast of...

Medical Lake seeks to decrease water use

At its June 16 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council adopted the Water Use Efficiency Goals for the Years 2015-2020. The city is required by Washington State Municipal Water law to set water use efficiency goals and measure usage every six years....

Trains, trains and - trains

It might seem ironic a town that started life thanks to a nearby railroad would have trouble with trains. Such has been the city of Cheney’s lot lately, but through the efforts of city and railroad officials, some of those problems may be finding...

Medical Lake seeks to decrease water use

At its June 16 meeting, the Medical Lake City Council adopted the Water Use Efficiency Goals for the Years 2015-2020. The city is required by Washington State Municipal Water law to set water use efficiency goals and measure usage every six years....

Noodling it through

Photo by John McCallum Cheney Pool lifeguard Ben Balderree braces for impact with the water during the annual "noodle dive" lifeguard staff ritual at last Friday's "Pool Bash." Over 700 people came...

Cheney Rodeo organizers put out call for volunteers from community

There are three reasons why the Cheney Rodeo has been bringing three days worth of fun and excitement for the past 48 years to the West Plains and Spokane region - volunteers, sponsors and the community. "Without those three things, there's no...

Trains, trains and - trains

It might seem ironic a town that started life thanks to a nearby railroad would have trouble with trains. Such has been the city of Cheney’s lot lately, but through the efforts of city and railroad officials, some of those problems may be finding...

Wilson-Seahawks contract negotiations up in the air

Seattle fans who are hoping that quarterback Russell Wilson would be a lifelong Seahawk may have to stop holding their breath. The Seahawks haven’t reached an agreement with Wilson as of the team’s June minicamp. Wilson is in the fourth and...

Cheney 17U Summerhawks drops game to NW Premier BBC

The Cheney Summerhawks 17U baseball team had a short week after a 14-5 loss to Northwest Premier Baseball Club’s 16U team. Cheney struggled to get their offense going, having only five hits. Head coach Austin Sharp said his team had plenty of...

Wood Bat Classic ready for another run in 2015

Both Cheney and Medical Lake will host pods in the American Legion Wood Bat Classic 2015 as they have for years. The difference, however, is neither city has a team in American Legion baseball this summer. Their worthiness as hosts is based on the...

Tennis tips

Retired Medical Lake tennis coach Leroy Lemaster provides Brittney Kenady tips on serving last week at the annual tennis clinic. Each year the clinic provides lessons in ...

Lilac Invite prep continues at The Fairways

The planning for the party, and the Lilac City Invitational golf tournament that goes with it, continues at The Fairways Golf Course. The West Plains course presents the 52nd edition of the event which runs July 9-12 and will once again benefit...

Summerhawks 15U begins busy season

The Cheney Summerhawks 15U team went 0-2 in their first week in the Spokane Indians Youth Baseball League after losses to the Joes, 5-0, June 15 and the Northwest Hurricanes, 7-6, June 18. Against the Joes, Cheney wasn’t able to mount any offense...

Road tripping Blue Devils head for Montana tourney

The Spokane Blue Devils are finding out what it might be like if any of them are fortunate to play minor league professional baseball by experiencing a seemingly endless amount of travel and a game-a-night pace. Back in town for a brief moment of...

Letters

Exercise great care when lighting fireworks I’ve had extensive emails with city officials here in Medical Lake about my concerns of Fourth of July fireworks being allowed in this extreme drought season that we are experiencing. There have already...

Wildfire season is here, be prepared for it

It’s going to be another hot and dry summer for the West Plains, which means there are plenty of chances for wildfires in the area. It’s late June and we’ve already seen some wildfires in the region, including last week’s 145-acre blaze at...

In Our Opinion 101 - how the Cheney Free Press editorial board works

"Who wrote that?" It's a question I often receive regarding our in house editorial feature "In Our Opinion." I get it enough, and lately from several readers, that it probably means it's time to reiterate how we go about producing the weekly...

What's Happening on the West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. City of Cheney · June 26, Baby Play and Learn...

ML Fire Department inks agreement with DNR

At its June meeting, the Medical Lake City Council approved an agreement between the Fire Department and the state Department of Natural Resources to provide mutual assistance and cooperation for controlling forestland fire, dispatch and paying for...

AH Planning Commission discusses medical marijuana moratorium

At its June 10 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission held a workshop to address the recent emergency moratorium on medical marijuana passed by the City Council. Council passed the moratorium at its May 26 study session in response to Gov....

Zombies on Parade

Photo by Al Stover Medical Lake residents marched alongside cast members from the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Z Nation,” during the 43rd annual Founder’s ...

Outdoor fires restricted in Medical Lake

The city of Medical Lake has imposed a restriction on unauthorized recreational fires — including campfires, fire bowls and fire pits — and open burning until further notice. The restriction does not prevent owners from using manufactured...

CHS all-class picnic July 18

All former students of all classes at Cheney High School, their families, and their friends are invited to the annual Cheney High School Alumni Picnic, sponsored by the Cheney High School Alumni Association.  The picnic will be held Saturday, July...

ML Fire Department inks agreement with DNR

At its June meeting, the Medical Lake City Council approved an agreement between the Fire Department and the state Department of Natural Resources to provide mutual assistance and cooperation for controlling forestland fire, dispatch and paying for...

AH Planning Commission discusses medical marijuana moratorium

At its June 10 meeting, the Airway Heights Planning Commission held a workshop to address the recent emergency moratorium on medical marijuana passed by the City Council. Council passed the moratorium at its May 26 study session in response to Gov....

EWU graduates pursue unlikely path to Ph.D.s

It's been quite a journey for a pair of Eastern Washington University students who initially had serious doubts about higher education, but are now on the path to, of all things, doctoral degrees. Mikaila Leyva will attend Notre Dame University in...

Medical Lake adopts course design policy

The Medical Lake School District continues to make modifications to its class courses. At its June meeting, the school board approved the second reading of Policy and Procedure 2020: Course Design Selection and Adoption. The purpose of P2020 is to...

McGourin wins George Fisher Scholarship

The Cheney High School Alumni Association has awarded the George Fisher Memorial Scholarship to Cheney High School graduate, Katie McGourin. While attending Cheney High School McGourin lettered in three sports and was a member of FFA and FBLA. She...

StageWest Green Gables auditions begin Friday

StageWest Community Theatre is holding open auditions for their upcoming production of “Anne of Green Gables,” adapted by Peter DeLaurier from the novel by L.M. Montgomery and directed by Kay Byron-Pacheco. The casting calls for five girls ages...

Irish dance classes coming to Airway Heights

West Plains residents who have wanted to learn Irish dance moves will get their chance. The Airway Heights Parks and Recreation Department is offering a free Irish dance class at the community center every Thursday, from July 9 to Aug. 13, from 7-8...

The self-made treat for a lonely child

By LUELLA DOW Contributor “Luella, get that cat out of the house. I told you three times!” That was Mrs. Borgrim, my mother’s friend making my ears ring. She was keeping our home organized while my parents were at a meeting in another town. I...

Cheney Museum has many stories to tell

The Cheney Historical Museum's website's "Welcome" message speaks to it having "the best qualities of small-town America; a friendly, informal place where you are encouraged to look, linger, have a conversation, ask questions." Even the briefest...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago June 23, 2005 With financial problems stemming from as far back as the 2001 recession, plus the effects of initiatives 695 and 747, the city of Cheney was exploring a variety of ways to deal with pending shortfalls in revenue, hoping...

Churches

Emmanuel Lutheran Church The congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites you to worship with us at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday, June 28. You may also watch our pastor’s sermons on our website www.emmanuelcheney.org or on YouTube at Emmanuel...

 
 
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